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Annual Meeting: Serving the new consumer in the digital age

Is your organization serving all its patients, especially those super busy, tech-savvy, online-all-the-time folks for whom expectations are high for immediate service and information at their fingertips? Join us for expert insights on these topics and more at the opening session of WSHA’s Annual Meeting with Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a nationally recognized expert on “Serving... Read More >>

Overlake on forefront of cochlear technology

Overlake Medical Center recently became the first hospital in the state to perform surgery and insert the world’s slimmest cochlear implant, helping a 23-year-old woman regain her sense of sound after suffering substantial hearing loss. The implant, which helps the brain process sound by bypassing damaged cells, is just 3.9 millimeters thick and twice as... Read More >>

Annual Meeting: Change requires new partnerships

While change in health care is the only constant, passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 really dropped the checkered flag. Since then, hospitals big and small have been working intensively to improve our quality, enroll our community members in new health insurance options and move toward population health. Not all of this change is... Read More >>

Weekly Report for September 10, 2015 – Annual Meeting: Change requires new partnerships

Annual Meeting: Change requires new partnerships   While change in health care is the only constant, passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 really dropped the checkered flag. Since then, hospitals big and small have been working intensively to improve our quality, enroll our community members in new health insurance options and move toward population... Read More >>

New Federal Law Requiring Notification to Medicare Patients Placed in Observation Status

The purpose of the bulletin is to inform hospitals about the new federal law Public Law 114-42, The NOTICE Act (H.R.876), that requires hospitals to provide oral and written notification to Medicare patients placed into observation status for longer than 24 hours. Also to let hospitals know of WSHA's plans to provide opportunities for WSHA-member hospitals to share and communicate best practices and prepare for the new law.... Read More >>

Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins offering executive placement

Washington Hospital Services is excited to announce an expanded relationship with our Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins to include executive recruitment and placement needs. Merritt Hawkins is one of the leading health care recruitment and placement firms in the country, and we are thrilled to bring their excellent services to the WSHA membership. If you have any... Read More >>

Accounts payable webcast recording available

Thank you to our members who attended Washington Hospital Service’s Industry Partner webcast hosted by Commerce Bank Aug. 25. Both WHS and Commerce hope attendees gained insights into improving accounts payable processes and payment strategies. If you missed the session and would like to learn how other hospitals have been able to create efficient and... Read More >>

Bree Collaborative responds to heart surgery draft comments

The Bree Collaborative responded Sept. 1 to public comments on the draft heart surgery report. The collaborative considered structural changes to its recommendations on issues like provider accountability, pre and post-operative requirements, and patient caregiver supports. While the collaborative has not formally approved the report or potential changes, it appears as if our concerns around care giver supports will be addressed,... Read More >>

DOH rulemaking on ambulatory surgical centers

The Washington State Department of Health is in the early stages of rulemaking on two important issues affecting ambulatory surgical facilities (ASFs). First, the department is deciding whether a Certificate of Need-approved ASF should require a new Certificate of Need upon expansion. Second, the department proposes updating the need forecasting methodology and standards for ASFs.... Read More >>

Draft Pharmacy Rules Pose Risk to Costs, Workflow, Innovation

On Aug. 28, the Pharmacy Commission released draft rulemaking language that would require every facility have a pharmacist in charge who would spend at least 20 hours, or 50 percent of his or her time, at the pharmacy to which he or she is accountable. We are concerned with the financial burden this would place on facilities... Read More >>

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